Issued on 22.09.11
Two friends from Congresbury have been putting on the ritz to raise cash to help youngsters in Kenya.
Chantelle Shorland and Georgia Carne staged a charity ball at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, to build a primary school library.
The former Churchill School friends raised £4,000 with an evening themed as “a night at the movies” event in aid of Kilimani School near Mombasa.
I’m absolutely staggered just how well we didsaid Chantelle, aged 20, who works at the hotel’s Marco Pierre White (MPW) Steakhouse Bar and Grill.
It was a huge thing for us and the most difficult thing we’ve ever done, but the night went like a dream and we’re delighted.
There was a brilliant atmosphere and everyone had just the best time.
Doubletree allowed the girls to use the hotel’s ballroom for the event that was attended by more than 90 guests.
Many local businesses contributed a raffle and charity auction with the top prizes including a one night stay at DoubleTree plus dinner at MPW and a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn, Bristol Airport, both donated by the companies, and a chocolate workshop donated by The Chocolate Tart cookery school.
The event also received sponsorship from Barclays, who agreed to double any money raised at the raffle.
The decision to raise funds for a school library came after Georgia became involved with the school after a holiday with her family in Kenya.
Seeing these children who just have nothing really touched our hearts. It wasn’t the poverty that struck a chord though it was the Kenyan attitude to moving things forward no matter what.
They succeed in overcoming huge obstacles in daily life where the rest of us might just turn back defeated, and I really wanted to do something to help them.
The money will be used to help build the library and to provide books and tables and chairs.
Georgia, aged 19, who works as a receptionist at Holiday Inn, Bristol Airport, is travelling to Mombasa on September 29 to teach in the school and build a library.
I’m leaving my job in the UK to commit to the project. It will be great to see the money we raised transformed into bricks and mortar.
I’d just like to thank everyone who made this possible for their help. It is going to make a difference to these children’s lives.
The girls raised the money under the umbrella of registered Bristol charity Maja Safi Projects.